BY SARA KETCHAM
If this school year is your first as a new educator, and you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. The first month or so of school may have seemed like a sprint, but getting through the first year successfully is really a marathon. Keeping a frenetic pace is not uncommon for new teachers, but it is probably not sustainable. October and November are difficult months to get through without making some type of adjustment to how you’re using your time.
I’m in my third year in the classroom, and I remember vividly being exhausted and stressed during my first year. I also recall how I (eventually) dealt with it. I learned the hard way, and I see new educators around me now who are struggling with the same issues.